El Sereno residents and No 710 Action Committee members showed up in force at this morning’s Los Angeles City Transportation Committee meeting to protest Metro/Caltrans’ continued push to connect the 710 with the 210; the result was a unanimous vote by the committee to oppose not only above-ground freeway/highway extensions, but the tunnel proposal as well.
CD14 representative Jose Huizar amended his proposed resolution, which put the City of Los Angeles on record as opposing all above-ground routes, to add the tunnel route (F-7). The amended resolution goes to Los Angeles City Council for a vote tomorrow.
Speakers’ complaints about Metro’s and Caltrans’ pursuit of this project:
“Metro’s ‘flawed process’ driving toward some really big budget problems”
“Failure to look at alternatives”
“Metro has yet to commit that they will not do a ‘cut and cover’ tunnel…This project by volume will be more than 11 times larger than the Red Line and there will be two of them!”
“There are two studies going forward, the South 710 and the North 710, and they are two left feet. They make no sense and this city needs to act.”
“These destructive, polluting, expensive tunnels will not bring jobs to LA…El Sereno will face destruction.”
“This project impacts the entire state of California because of its cost…California should have bigger and better priorities…Any freeway or highway option is NOT a solution.”
Charting the history of the 710 proposal from its beginning in 1939 to South Pasadena’s initial opposition in 1947: “This proposal was bad then, its bad today, it makes no sense, and it is time that it be retired!”